Carl Marbach: Letter about closing Bob Adams Field is wrong
October 28, 2018
A recent letter to the editor about closing Bob Adams Field to pay for Referendum 2A is just plain wrong.
First, a study performed a few years ago set the cost to the city for closing Bob Adams Field at about $17 million. This was mostly to pay the Federal Aviation Adminstration back money granted to the field over the years, to pay back — at the highest and best use — the value of the land today since the FAA granted the city the money to buy it in the first place and to buy out current leaseholders.
Thus the city would not, as the previous letter writer thinks, make money on the current value of the real estate or on the closing of the airport.
Second, the writer called the airport, “an irrelevant facility.” I wonder if the firefighting effort this summer, led by firefighting aircraft operating out of Bob Adams was “irrelevant.” I wonder if the many people served by the medical flights, also operating out of Bob Adams think the airfield is “irrelevant.”
Part-time Steamboat Springs resident